Susan D. Phillips

Vice President for Strategic Partnerships

Ph.D. Columbia University

Phone: (518) 442-4988

Susan D. Phillips serves as the Vice President for Strategic Partnerships, University at Albany, State University of New York. She comes to this position from a background in Human Biology (B.A., Stanford University), Psychology (M.A., Teachers College Columbia University), and Counseling Psychology (M. Phil and Ph.D., Columbia University).

Dr. Phillips is active in promoting excellence in education. She serves on the National Advisory Council for Institutional Quality and Integrity, where she has chaired the Higher Education Reauthorization Subcommittee in developing recommendations to the United States Secretary of Education on matters of higher education institutional accreditation and quality assurance. She has previously led the American Psychological Association Committee on Accreditation—one of the largest specialty accrediting agencies in the nation, and was also appointed by the New York State Board of Regents to their policy advisory group, the Professional Standards and Practices Board for Teaching. She currently works with certification, accreditation, and licensing issues in her membership on the Joint Designation Committee of the National Register/American Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards.

An internationally recognized scholar in vocational psychology, Dr. Phillips' research has focused on decision making and career development. Her recent research has examined factors that facilitate the school-to-work transition, and the role of relationships in career decision making. She was the 1991 recipient of the American Psychological Association Division of Counseling Psychology John Holland Award for Outstanding Achievement in Personality and Career Research, and has published widely in professional journals related to career development and vocational psychology.

Dr. Phillips currently holds an appointment as Professor in the Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology, and has taught undergraduate courses in counseling and in career and life planning, and graduate courses in career development and in professional issues and practice. She was awarded the 1995 University at Albany Award for Excellence in Teaching and the State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Dr. Phillips has also been instrumental in creating cross-disciplinary initiatives, including research undertaken in unique public-private partnerships to define state-wide models of the practices of higher-performing K-12 schools, and in developing research capacity for university-community partnerships through the NIH-sponsored Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities. In addition, she has served on a number of executive boards of professional development organizations in the region, and received the National School Development Council Cooperative Leadership Award of 2004. Her work in the education and training of psychologists was recognized by the Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs in the 2009 Lifetime Contribution to Education and Training in Counseling Psychology.

She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, a licensed psychologist, and was named the 1998 Distinguished Psychologist by the Psychological Association of Northeastern New York.